By E.J. Pagel
Daisyfield Avenue runs from Cunningham north to West State Street and has a 30 mph speed limit. It borders Ingersoll Golf Course to the west, and there are homes all along the east side of the narrow blacktop street.
Near the south end of Daisyfield Avenue is a busy quarry, with continuous truck traffic until 3:30 p.m. when it closes. The residents are angered that numerous drivers ignore the speed limit, and there have been many near-tragedies caused by vehicles travelling sometimes more than 50 mph. A few tickets have been issued, but there still seems to be no caution exercised by the regulars who zoom up that section of the street.
Community activist “The Undertaker” says everyone who lives there wants to petition for a 25 mph speed limit and no truck traffic north of the quarry. The reduced speed limit might serve as an enhanced deterrent to those who could now face higher fines for driving 20 mph over the limit.
Undertaker contacted Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), who informed him July 26 that Rockford Township and the county had an attorney drafting the language to establish the lower speed limit and residential designation for that section of the street, thus requiring all truck traffic to return to Cunningham after leaving the quarry.
How long the process will take is still uncertain. Undertaker says residents along Preston and Lincoln Park are also adamant that speed limits there should be reduced. Reckless drivers frequently miss the turn at Preston from Daisyfield, crashing into the vacant house on the corner.
Dennis School is about to reopen, and there have been close calls with drivers and children in that area. On school days, parents often line both sides of Lincoln Park, to park and walk their children to and from the building. The street is old and narrow, yet drivers blatantly speed through with pedestrians present.
When the late Pete MacKay was Rockford Township Highway Commissioner, he was helping those residents push for the reduced speed limit. Nothing has since come of that.
From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue